The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) has received and processed thousands of claims since it was established. With so many claimants and a process that involves detailed review of applications and supporting evidence, it can take a long time before any money reaches a claimant’s pockets. Sadly, some 9/11 victims pass away while their claim for compensation is still being evaluated. When that happens, the victim’s family still may be eligible for compensation. But there are steps they need to take in order for that to happen.

The World Trade Center lawyers at Turley Hansen & Partners work with the families of first responders, recovery workers and other 9/11 victims when their loved one passes away. We help them through the complex claims process during a difficult and sad time.

When Death is NOT 9/11 Related

Some VCF claimants pass away for reasons unrelated to their 9/11-caused illness, cancer, or injury. For example, an individual suffering from a 9/11-related cancer could be killed in a car accident.

When a 9/11 claimants’ death is not related to their claimed illness, the following steps need to be taken:

  • Identify the decedent’s Personal Representative, such as the executor of the victim’s estate. The Personal Representative will need to amend the original personal injury claim to identify him/herself as the Personal Representative.
  • The Personal Representative must also complete and submit a new Claim Form Signature Page and applicable exhibits.
  • If the decedent did not already submit the Compensation portion of the Claim Form and required supporting documents, the Personal Representative should complete and submit the form.
  • The Personal Representative should submit payment information so the VCF can process any future payments.

If Death Was Caused By an Eligible 9/11-Related Condition

If your loved one passed away because of his or her 9/11-related condition, the following steps need to be taken:

  • Identify the decedent’s Personal Representative
  • The Personal Representative needs to complete and submit a new claim by beginning a new registration under a new VCF number, and then complete all of the information in the eligibility and compensation portions of the claim. The representative must submit a new Claim Form even if a compensation decision was rendered on the original claim.
  • The representative must submit the required supporting documents applicable to your claim. There is no need to resubmit any documents that were already submitted with the original Personal Injury claim since the VCF will be able to copy those documents to the new claim.
  • The Personal Representative should submit payment information so the VCF can process any future payments.

Since the passage of the original Zadroga Act in 2010, Turley Hansen & Partners has helped over 1200 clients recover over $75 million in 9/11 victim compensation.  We are the only law firm in the nation that focuses exclusively on representing victims, first responders, and recovery workers for their 9/11 related illnesses and injuries. Please call us at 1-855-WTC-INFO (982-4636) or fill out our contact form to schedule a free claim review today. We look forward to assisting you and your family.